News, Interviews, and Happenings From The Trucking World
Friday Short Haul - Driver shortage is over, Amazon's brokerage goes national, and lawyers are after carriers for nuclear verdicts
Freight industry considering post-COVID-19 strategies
FMCSA to consider increasing HOS for autonomous drivers
Friday Short Haul - Trimble MAPS, rate of fatalities increase, Comcar bankruptcy, driver pay on the rise
FMCSA: Long-awaited final HOS revisions announced
2016 trucking documentary released to YouTube for public viewing
Friday Short Haul - Reusing morgue reefers, ATRI research priorities, FMCSA HOS declaration
WIT honors two women in the trucking industry
Freight brokers push back against "price gouging" accusation
Friday Short Haul - Tank truck revenues decline, former Arrow CEO gets early prison release, not-preventable crashes
ATRI and OOIDF team up for comprehensive COVID-19/trucking survey
U.S. military has unique needs for truck platooning
Friday Short Haul - Truckers protest low rates, 1 million masks given to drivers, SecurSpace app finds parking
WorkHound analyses what drivers think about the COVID-19 crisis
Group pushes back on temporary increased weight limits
Friday Short Haul - 'Thank God for truckers!' CA state senator proposes bill to suspend AB5, TA furloughs 3,000 workers
Truckers say distracted driving is on the rise
Trucking leaders think some recent changes might become permanent in the industry
Friday Short Haul - "Your papers please," skills testing waiver, masks required in Canada
Truckers report in on their treatment during these COVID-19 times
FMCSA acts quickly to keep the new-driver pipeline flowing
Friday Short Haul - Weight limits increase, food trucks not wanted in rest areas, FMCSA extends HOS exemptions
Trucking industry concerned about state licensing agency closings
California AB-5 advocates react to carriers' COVID-19 good deeds
Friday Short Haul - Schneider's error, Change.org petition, Teamsters Canada demands
Authors: 'Legacy' carriers ignore autonomous technology at their peril
COVID-19 scare: State gun laws come under scrutiny
Friday Short Haul - Inspection blitz postponed, COVID-19 webinar, FHA urges states to keep rest areas open, fewer cars means faster truck deliveries
DOT and FMCSA issue COVID-19 responses
Starsky Robotics calls it quits
Friday Short Haul - Weigh station parking, rest areas reopen, HOS waiver expanded, freight prices increase
Truck drivers mostly exempt from coronavirus lock downs
HOS rules relaxed for COVID-19 relief effort
Friday Short Haul - Western Express recovers from Tennessee tornado, driver involved in two accidents six minutes apart, another carrier quits
Daimler's electric vehicles and autonomous trucks continue real-world testing
Predictive technology increases driver safety, benefits carriers
Friday Short Haul -- Coffee drinking drivers, Amazon coronavirus email, FMCSA safety summit
AIRman introduces no-crank technology to landing gears
Roadmaster shows how to reduce driver turnover
Friday Short Haul - CBD users beware, 8,000 violations revealed in Clearinghouse, laptop theft lands Alabama trucker in prison
Canada company offers easy access to spare trailers
Roadcheck could result in temporarily higher freight rates
Friday Short Haul - Self-driving yard trucks, Knight-Swift partners with Truckstop.com, Security guard shoots driver
Training providers offer a diversity of options
Idaho eases hemp transport prohibition; too late to help arrested drivers
Friday Short Haul - Tennessee carrier quits, signs a carrier is going down, retaining drivers
New phone app hopes to alleviate shipper waits
Senate Transportation Committee gets an earful from trucking execs
Friday Short Haul - Best fleets to drive for, FMCSA delays ELDT rule, Cold Carriers closes doors
Baylor Trucking deals with consequences of ELD outage
WIT announces first-ever Driver Ambassador, names February Member of the Month
Friday Short Haul - ATA at White House USMCA signing, AB-5 fight continues, toughest jobs
May dates announced for this year's roadside inspection blitz
States work to toughen up left-lane-hogging laws
Friday Short Haul - Pilot Flying J name change, CRST-Swift lawsuit, Schneider named innovator
Seven drivers named as TCA's Highway Angels
Travel advisories and restrictions announced for Midwest weekend storm
Friday Short Haul - Senators demand GPS app updates, Jason's Law survey, ATA applauds USMCA, FMCSA's truck crash survey
Research group recommends a national autonomous truck policy
A glimpse into driving long-haul in China
Friday Short Haul - Court blocks AB-5, SBTC vs. FMCSA, Can Opener Bridge
Loses appeal: Walmart ordered to pony up $54 million to drivers
WIT and Walmart seek nominations for Female Driver of the Year
Friday Short Haul - Sweatshop on Wheels, judge exempts truckers from AB-5, Fleetwood closes doors
Trucking Truth's top stories for 2019
Random drug tests of drivers to double in 2020
Friday Short Haul - New EV semi, tonnage down, turnover up, Grapevine fatality, runaway truck tires demolish car
Trucking industry goes out of its way for Christmas charitable giving
Fuel card provider hit with FTC lawsuit
Friday Short Haul - Driver coercion, zero emissions, driver fatalities
Hard enforcement for ELD compliance now in effect
State CDL agencies get reprieve from drug & alcohol clearinghouse deadline
Friday Short Haul - JB Hunt's Wreaths Across America, Plus.ai butter run, states look for zero emissions
Carriers muster to pick up Celadon drivers, employees
Will Amazon's pay-per-day plan influence the industry?
Freight volume and rates downturn turns into a 'bloodbath'
Friday Short Haul - Independent contractors getting booted out of CA, winter weather resources, ransomware attack
Knowing when to say goodbye to an unprofitable shipper
Schneider donates trucks; Congress considers women-driver-friendly bill
Friday Short Haul - CTA files lawsuit against California, Highway Hero nominations sought, video of "Move Over" crash
Tesla announces new electric Semi model
Not everyone happy with potential FMCSA clearinghouse delay
Friday Short Haul - AI taking driving jobs, CRV scam, Truckers protest AB-5, ELDs quit working
Investigators cracking down on truck accident fraudulent lawsuits
So you want to start your own trucking company?
Friday Short Haul - FMCSA emergency exemptions, snow plows, FedEx employee bribery charges
Human smuggling via big rigs on the increase
Carriers, drivers look at ways to deal with California's AB-5
Friday Short Haul - Millennials and trucking, Truckers Christmas Group, Navistar settlement
Too many drivers still don't know to "Move Over"
Are trucker strikes a thing of the past?
Friday Short Haul - Passenger car drivers, spotted lanternfly, women drivers
OOIDA makes final push for better HOS rules
Car-truck crash fatalities continue to increase
Friday Short Haul - Amazon's fleet of day cabs, legislator's disclosure, WTA petition
ATA chief takes on truck-accident lawyers
Lonely on the road? Get a furry friend
Friday Short Haul - Lab-grown meat, fraudulent freight brokering, FMCSA HOS committee, FMCSA Clearinghouse
UPS takes giant leap in its drone delivery program
Female drivers are safer bet for trucking companies
Friday Short Haul - Embark gets financing, FMCSA announces safety grants, Covenant exits Mexico routes, and trucking statistics
Emissions standards battle heats up between the EPA and California
Smog checks in the future for California truck drivers
Friday Short Haul - Volvo Dynamic Steering, Meals for 18 Wheels, speeding crackdown, OOIDA opposes legislation
Telematics could be insurance-premium-saving boon for fleets
54 percent of survey respondents still not impressed with telematics technology
Friday Short Haul - Walmart video, it's churn, not shortage, California's independent contractor bill, hemp drivers plea
TCA honors three Highway Angels
Now they're talking about "smart" trailers
Friday Short Haul - Detention-time comments, truck orders decline, diesel fuel shortage
Berkeley study says reducing independent truckers can alleviate climate change
Clearing up concerns about the drug and alcohol clearinghouse
Friday Short Haul - Hurricane Dorian, Speed limiter bill, Thank a Driver campaign
Georgia jury awards $280 million for truck-driver-caused multi-fatality
Friday Short Haul - New eCascadias, Top cities for truck driver jobs, Push against driverless trucks
Decision on California drivers' employee/contractor status coming down to the wire
UPS jumps on autonomous bandwagon with TuSimple investment
FMCSA publishes proposed HOS rule changes
Fleets, drivers coming to like automated manual transmissions
CVSA asks for new truck crash study
Friday Short Haul - HOS revisions delayed, AEB mandate proposed, Koch sued for sex discrimination
Kodiak Robotics takes lead in autonomous truck industry race
New York City combats rash of cyclist/truck clashes
Friday Short Haul - CRST wins lawsuit, OOIDA opposes insurance hike, UPSNav
Mechanics shortage equals driver shortage in intensity
DOT announces almost 1$ billion in grants to fix infrastructure
Friday Short Haul - DOL on sleeper pay, UPS drone delivery, Geowiz ELDs
FMCSA takes a look at assault, harassment of female and minority drivers
It's hot out there, what's a trucker to do? Can't idle.
Friday Short Haul - Utah truck rollovers, aging truckers, lifetime CDL bans
Truck-mounted LED billboards coming under fire
Trucker 'drones on' with unique approach to teaching driving skills
Friday Short Haul - Rhode Island tolls, human smuggling, contractor vs employee status
ELD mandate deadline looming, many still not compliant
New "boot" device being deployed to threaten Walmart overnighters
Friday Short Haul - Prime Inc vs Amazon, mother fights HOS changes, truck drivers appreciation week
Proper way to fly the American flag on your truck this Fourth of July
Roundabouts are becoming popular; but are they best for trucks?
Friday Short Haul - Skills test proposal, driver shortage, hemp sentencing, driverless trucks
Experts warn of active wildland fire season
More states signing on to enlist truckers against human trafficking
Friday Short Haul - Shippers of Choice, insurance rates, wheel spikes, WIT award
Freight numbers not holding up to 2018's highs
Truck safety group urges purges of drug abuse drivers
Friday Short Haul - Self-driving certificate, truck platooning, trade war stacking up cargo
HOS waiver coming soon for fireworks haulers
FMCSA takes a further look at detention time
Friday Short Haul - Autonomous delivery, HOS rules changes, CDL retest
Roadcheck 2019 in effect this week
Hemp arrest prompts USDA memo
Friday Short Haul - Waymo big rigs, Move over sting, Under-21 comments
Severe weather prompts renewed emergency declaration
Memorial Day holiday is prime time for cargo thefts
Friday Short Haul - Hauling hemp, road rage fatality, new rules for autonomous vehicles
Autonomous trucks on USPS test run
Future era of cab-less trucks will be the end of HOS rules
Friday Short Haul - FMCSA under-21 comments, Tesla autonomous car crash, 24,000 drivers sign contract with YRC
Under-21 interstate drivers getting serious look by FMCSA
Trucker Buddy program matches drivers with a classroom; everyone wins
Friday Short Haul - Driver awarded $80 million, ODFL driver wins, loading dock black hole
Storm breaks out from Rockies, slams into Midwest, South
Capacity issues have shippers looking at private fleets
Friday Short Haul - HOS rules, dark skies, Falcon drivers
'Bug' permits now required for four eastern states
Simulator use is catching on for schools, carriers
Friday Short Haul - Thinking electric, Penske opens charging station, border crossing crisis, railroads taking trucking business
ELDs might not be the panacea that was hoped for
Truck drivers may soon see "phantoms" driving yard trucks
Friday Short Haul - Nikola big rigs, WIT welcomes Peterbilt, Oregon crashes, Border crossings
Carriers claim financial benefit of putting up drivers in hotels
Uber's IPO application reveals interesting data about its freight brokerage business
Friday Short Haul - CDL examiner arrested, tolls proposed for trucks, marijuana use on the rise
Smart Load Board will get carriers the loads they need
Huge lines and long wait times greet carriers at Mexico border
Friday Short Haul - Marijuana, ATA campaign, personal conveyance rules
Over-the-air downloads revolutionize parameter updates
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Friday Short Haul -- New Cascadias honored, motorist survey, U.S, Xpress awarded, rest stop parking
Legislators address underride collisions, propose more underguards for trucks, trailers
Motorists soon may encounter a different kind of truck convoy
Friday Short Haul -- Women in Trucking, irate motorist, FMCSA eases HOS, Safe-Cap
Recent survey shows cost of roadside repairs is rising
FMCSA announces drug and alcohol clearinghouse website
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Accident scammers target trucks for financial payout
Friday Short Haul - Snow on the roof, bypassing toll road, Waze under fire
Retailers blame driver shortage for price increases
Drivers' smartphones may be clue to road roughness
Friday Short Haul -- Freight rates, HOS changes, tonnage reports
New tax changes hit drivers hard
FMCSA to implement under-21 interstate driver program for former military
Friday Short Haul -- Connecticut tolls proposed, hydrogen fuel-cell trucks, cell phone use
Congress committee looks at state of America's highways
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February Highway Angels honorees named
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Self Driving Trucks Are Not Coming Anytime Soon
Trucking leaders think some recent changes might become permanent in the industry
Last Updated: Sun, April 19, 2020
Truckers have been getting a lot of love lately, but the industry is becoming concerned about the long-term effect of the reaction to the COVID-19 virus.
As most everyone is aware, online retailing has increased dramatically during this COVID-19 virus era. It goes without saying, then, that segments of the trucking and transportation industry are going to get an accompanying boost in demand for their services.
What might not be readily apparent to the layman, however, is something that commercial carriers are beginning to feel – some carriers, particularly those in the final-mile and home-delivery business, are experiencing boon times, while other carriers are finding many of their customers going out of business, and taking with them their freight demand.
In a recent Yahoo Finance article Roadmaster Group CEO John Wilbur likened it to the trucking industry hitting a "brick wall."
He said that the new virus-driven trend toward e-commerce could portend a permanent change toward favoring the online retailers over the brick and mortar sellers.
“It’s been quite a run over the last couple of weeks because normally we either slide into or climb out of a dip, but this one hit everyone like a brick wall,” Wilbur told Yahoo Finance. “It has accelerated the trend towards e-commerce, final mile and home delivery of everything from groceries to toiletries…. We’ve got people ordering online that weren’t before. I think there’s permanent change here.”
So, while trucking shipments to grocery and discount retailers is up by 82 percent recently over the same period last year, many businesses remain closed causing some commercial carriers to find almost no demand for their services.
“We’ve had some supply chains that have just had a surge in demand well over capacity [while] others have fallen to zero. It’s been a real struggle for the management teams out there to redeploy capacity to the supply chains that really needed it, which are food, supplies, and medical PPE," Wilbur said in the Yahoo Finance article.
How the trucking industry is changing
CRST International, an Iowa-based large trucking firm, told KCRG news recently how the reaction to the virus is changing the industry.
While recognizing that the industry is changing dramatically over just the past few weeks, representatives of the Iowa carrier say that for the good of the economy they still must keep freight moving.
"It's scary, quite honestly," Hugh Ekberg, the President, and CEO of CRST International, told KCRG News. "And on top of that because we're in trucking, the role of our company in this country and in this economy, is we have to keep things moving."
He says that what they are seeing now is something they haven't seen before in their 65 years in business.
Ekberg says that the surge in freight early in the virus panic, like toilet paper, water, and cleaning supplies, has spiked, but many of their bread and butter customers like department stores and other retailers have closed down.
At first, hauling the surge freight balanced out the other businesses that were closed, but that has changed.
Because of this sudden drop off in demand CRST has had to change the way they operate.
"We are seeing this week and a little bit last week total volume starting to come down," Ekberg told KCRG News. "We do know that we are entering a recession. We in the trucking industry did get the benefit of that big surge in demand And surge in movement of goods, but it's going to soften. We are going to see overall decline and we're starting to see that show itself a little stronger now."
Despite the present situation, Ekberg is optimistic.
"We don't know how deep it goes in terms of the decline, or how quickly it comes back, but we know it's going to go down and it's going to come back up," Ekberg is quoted in the KCRG News article. "Exactly how it's shaped is yet to be determined."
It's the same for commercial carriers globally
Internationally, trucking firms report very similar financial hardships to what is experienced in the United States because of the COVID-19 panic.
Today's Trucking compiled an anthology of how the virus pandemic has affected trucking in the United Kingdom, Europe, India and Australia. The news is not good – with descriptions like "disastrous" and "complete mess" coming from industry leaders overseas, where freight companies are experiencing low or non-existent freight demand, and inadequate or no facilities for drivers.
The United Kingdom
A spokesperson from an organization called the Road Haulage Association, which manages British fleets, said that "half of the U.K. fleet is parked and inactive."
Rod McKenzie, managing director of policy and public affairs for RHA, said that many U.K. commercial carriers, especially the small to medium-sized ones, are facing financial ruin because they work on a profit margin of 1-3 percent, and the "cash flow has dried up."
There are about 300,000 truck drivers in the U.K., and about 520,000 trucks.
He did say that the problem with truck stops closing has been solved through RHA's campaigning of government officials.
The European Union
The European haulage sector employs some three million people, and drivers before the COVID-19 crisis hit enjoyed relatively unlimited travel across the borders of the European Union's 27 member states.
However, that changed with the high incidence of virus-related deaths, especially in Italy, Spain and France, and most of the EU states have imposed severe border-crossing restrictions.
Like in the United States, drivers in Europe are having difficulties renewing their permits, and in finding suitable rest stops and places to eat.
India is in total nationwide lockdown, a measure that also applies to almost the whole trucking industry.
"It's a complete mess," Kultaran Singh Atwal, president of All India Motor Transport Congress, told Today's Trucking.
Many of the country's trucks hauling hundreds of millions of dollars worth of freight became stranded, with no way to offload their loads. Drivers merely abandoned their vehicles and went home.
According to Atwal, only about 10 percent of the country's 20 million drivers of 10 million commercial vehicles are still on the road, but he expects even those will call it quits if the situation continues.
He said that there are no workers available to handle the essential supplies that are still being freighted because of government mandates forcing everyone to stay home.
The few drivers that have remained to haul freight find themselves unable to find food and restroom facilities at the traditional dhabas, roadside restaurants, as they are all closed.
Australian trucking leaders have been lobbying the government for a financial bailout similar to the stimulus packages that have been passed by the United States Congress.
Industry leaders say that the nation's 200,000 drivers and 50,000 trucking firms, many of them being companies that have only one to five trucks, need the JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments to keep afloat during the virus crisis.
Qualifying employers would receive $3,000 per month per employee for six months.
The Australian Trucking Association has been working with government to keep truck stops and rest areas open for truckers, and to ensure that drivers have the protections they need to make safe deliveries.
If the virus situation continues, the ATA said they will be asking for help from the military to help provide roadside support like washrooms and such.
Sources: Truck News,
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